Bird Studies Canada Blog by Manitoba IBA

Manitoba IBA Program were delighted that Bird Studies Canada (BSC) asked our Coordinator, Tim Poole to write a piece for their latest enews. The piece is about work funded by the Baillie Fund on the west side of Lake Manitoba.

Thank you to the Baillie Fund for its support in 2018, and to all the people that contribute to the fund through the Birdathon.

You can read the blog at https://www.birdscanada.org/news/baillie-fund-helps-recruit-local-champions-for-birds

A Quick Run Through of A Long, Hectic, and Really Fun Year!

The year is almost ended, there is little time remaining, and everyone is doing their year in review. Here are some of the highlights from our year at Manitoba IBA:

A New Workparty

We tried something new, and decided to start picking up garbage, mainly discarded angling material from St Ambroise Beach. We collected quite the pile.

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Exhausted, but what a collection. Copyright Lynnea Parker

Back to the bar

We managed two more weed pulls at Sandy Bar in 2018. The first, in August attracted quite the crowd.

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A good crowd for a morning of clearing the bar. Copyright Lynnea Parker

The second pull had a smaller crowd, the wind and cold were horrific, but then again, who cares when you can see Red Knots on the tip!

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Red Knot juvenile. Copyright Christian Artuso

IBA Blitzes

We had a fair few blitz events this year. A visit to Kinosota-Leifur scored over 50 Red-headed Woodpecker (it was World Cup final day after all), visits to North, West and East Shoal Lakes turned out some great numbers of Western Grebes and other waterbirds (spring blitz report here), a trip to Delta Marsh provided a really high species count, Oak Hammock gave us some lovely views of shorebirds on the front pond, and Oak Lake and Plum Lakes provided good counts of Franklin’s Gull, and grassland birds.

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Counting shorebirds on Twin Lake Beach in the Delta Marsh IBA. Copyright Randy Mooi

We also had a few great volunteer trip reports. Glennis provided one on a trip to Oak Lake, with Tundra Swans being very prominent. A few days earlier, Katharine did likewise in the same IBA. Photos can also tell a story, and Garry, John and John had quite the find at Delta Marsh in the fall. Not reported previously, but we also know of a Bonaparte Gull trigger in the same IBA in October. Top stuff!

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Thousands of gulls at Delta Marsh IBA. Copyright Garry Budyk

Grassland Birds

We continue to work on grassland bird conservation. This year saw even more landowner surveys delivered in the southwest corner. We plan to publish a report in the New Year, summarising the monitoring results, but in the meantime, Lynnea gave a nice overview of her time out in the prairies. We also delivered a workshop in an indigenous community in this area of the prairies, and three workshops in local schools in Reston, Oak Lake and Pierson.

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Chestnut-collared Longspur in southwestern Manitoba. Copyright Lynnea Parker

It’s not grim ‘oop north

As part of our northern outreach, Bonnie Chartier returned to Churchill and had some great success taking local members of the community to see some of the special birds of her home area. She was also, thanks to the generosity of Churchill Wild, able to spend a day at the Seal River IBA. Churchill Wild have been extremely generous in fact to the program in the past two years, and we would like to extend our thanks to Mike, Jeanne and the rest of their team for all their help.

Our Coordinator, Tim Poole also got to spend a night on an island on the Nelson River with members of Fox Lake Cree Nation.

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A near miss! Track of the trip along the Nelson River

Sandy Bay Marshes IBA

We did get out for a cold Grebe Watch in May. We have also given a couple of school IBA workshops in the area.

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A cold morning out at Sandy Bay for our intrepid grebe watchers. Copyright Lynnea Parker

Shorebirds

It’s been quite the year, with pilot routes of ISS route being delivered at Whitewater and Oak Lake. There are multiple reports on our website, but take a look here for a sample.

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Whitewater Lake shorebirds. Copyright Tim Poole



There will be many things missed, but all in all, it has been another exceptionally busy year for the program. Thank you to every volunteer and partner who has helped make 2018 a success, and we look forward to working with you in our special IBAs in 2019!

Manitoba IBA News Bites

We were interested to hear the recent updates from the IUCN Red List and Birdlife International. Two of Manitoba’s most well-known species have been listed as Near Threatened. Under IUCN criteria, Near Threatened is the equivalent of Special Concern in Canada. This means that the declines in populations and range are significant, but not considered so significant that they warrant full endangered status.

The first of these species was no surprise, given the Eastern Whip-poor-will is a species which has been listed as Threatened under the Species At Risk Act in Canada for a few years. As an aerial insectivore, it is perhaps no surprise that it’s status has followed that of numerous other birds of this group. Loss of habitat is also thought to be a major contributory factor.

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Eastern Whip-poor-will, cryptic, handsome, yet highly threatened. Copyright Christian Artuso

The second species to be listed was, quite frankly jaw-dropping, and extremely concerning. Common Grackles, birds considered by some, but not all, to be agricultural pests, and therefore a species which has been persecuted, have declined enough to be considered as globally Near Threatened. Just think about it – Common Grackles, of all species now require a global listing. That’s incredible! The figures used to come to this conclusion suggest a 50% decline between 1970 and 2014.

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Much maligned, but needing some love, the Common Grackle. Copyright Christian Artuso

In better news, one of our favourite IBA birds, the Red-headed Woodpecker has lost its global Near Threatened status, and is now merely Least Concern. This is tremendous news, but we have a caveat. In April 2018, COSEWIC, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, voted to upgrade the species to Endangered in Canada. The mismatch seems odd, but presumably the species is doing much better in USA than Canada.

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Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker in the North, West and East Shoal Lakes IBA. Copyright Garry Budyk


In other news, the IBA Canada website has just updated the Manitoba IBA profiles. This includes up-to-date information on the bird populations, some updates to the conservation status, and description of the area.

Of particular note are the following:

You can find Manitoba’s IBAs and read more about them by clicking on this link. If you find any mistakes in the accounts, please let us know, and we will ask our partners at BSC to edit them.


For those in a birdy nerdy mood, the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas, an absolutely stunning success, has now published the full accounts of every species on its website, in English and French. Take a look at the American White Pelican account for some very updated information about the total pelicans counted by Environment and Climate Change Canada at the North, West and East Shoal Lake IBA and the Dog Lake IBA in 2017 (click here).


Finally, we were saddened to hear a few months ago of the passing of Manitoba IBA volunteer, Dave Mayor. Dave, with his wife Pat, were regular attendees at many of our events, and he will be sorely missed. You can read more about Dave’s life here.

Cuba: One of Many Winter Getaway Locations for Birding

Lynnea Parker has been working with the program since January, assisting on a number of projects as our Avian Stewardship Assistant. Recently, she took a well earned vacation in Cuba – and we thought it would be fun for Lynnea to write a short blog on her trip. Here it is in her own words!

I went on a family vacation to Cuba in mid November. While everyone was frying on a beach near Varadero (turning various shades of red to purple) I was often found scampering around the resort looking for birds in the dense vegetation which bordered the property. On the occasion I braved the 30+ degrees Celsius to frolic in the ocean, I was keen to spot potential seabirds. My constant desire to bird watch no doubt annoyed my family to some extent! They didn’t understand why I couldn’t just “relax” 🙂

To prepare for my trip I purchased the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba by Arturo Kirkconnell and Orlando H Garrido published in 2000. Studying it on the airplane, I identified which species could be found in the Matanzas – Varadero area (located on the north eastern side of Cuba, east of Havana). While I wasn’t going to the “hotspot” of Cuba, which could arguably be Playa Largo near Cuba’s largest National Park, I was still able to put together a list of roughly 100 potential species. The species diversity in Cuba is limited, despite being situated nicely between mainland Florida and Mexico. One reason for islands having reduced biodiversity relates to Island Biogeography Theory, in which limited resources and greatly reduced immigration from other islands, or indeed the mainland, leads to less diversity, but greater appearance of endemics (species which are found nowhere else on Earth). The Galapagos are the most famous example of this phenomena, although being a larger island, Cuba has a greater diversity of species and habitats. The list of potential species included the Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Great Lizard Cuckoo, Key West Quail Dove, Smooth-billed Ani, Antillean Palm-Swift to name a few. 

During my seven day trip I was able to find 50 species. Unfortunately, the Cuban Trogon and Cuban Tody were not among them. The two best places I visited for birds was Rancho Gaviota west of Matanzas (a huge rural farm set in a nature landscape) and the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve on the eastern end of the Varadero peninsula.

Below is a selection of photos to highlight some aspects of my trip, with a species list at the end of this blog post. My full album of photos can be seen here: Birds of Cuba Album

Rancho Gaviota, Matanzas Cuba

On this particular day my family and I drove to Rancho Gaviota in caravan of Jeeps. The excursion was to visit the rural ranch and have a traditional Cuban lunch which consisted of foods originating from the farm. I think everyone agreed it was fantastic. After lunch we had an hour or so to explore the farm, of which my mom decided to cave in and help me bird. I had been recounting earlier in the day how difficult a time I was having finding new species. While, my mom made the difference and found me some of the best species of the whole trip! Who knew! She remarked that I was trying too hard to find the birds, and therefore missing them all.

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Helmeted Guineafowl (Introduced Species -Still a Lifer Though!)

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West Indian Woodpecker

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Great Lizard Cuckoo (very “Great” indeed)

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Cattle Egret

 

Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

On this day I went off with a companion to check out the ecological reserve close to the resort I was staying at. It was a fantastic experience walking through the reserve. As we walked down the forest path, geckos and lizards would scurry away to the nearest tree. At one point we heard a loud buzzing and found a massive bee’s nest formed in the cracks of a rock fissure (quickly departing after the discovery). While there were few birds to be seen, numerous species could be heard… or was there? I quickly grew tired of the Grey Catbirds and Northern Mockingbirds fooling me at every turn. Despite their trickery, there were a few nice finds.

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Key West Quail Dove

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Green Heron

 

Other interesting sightings from my trip:

Left column, top to bottom: Cape May Warbler, Royal Tern, Eurasian-collared Dove, Greater Antillean Grackle

Right Column, top to bottom: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, Sanderling

–>Odd incident, I had a female Cape May Warbler land on my table and eat rice right from my plate while I was still sitting there…. not the kind of species you would expect to come begging for scraps! 

Species Seen in Matanzas and Varadero, Cuba (November 8th to 14th)

Lifers indicated in Bold

Helmeted Guineafowl – Numida meleagris
Rock Pigeon – Columba livia
Scaly-naped Pigeon – Patagioenas squamosa
Eurasian Collared-Dove – Streptopelia decaocto
Common Ground-Dove – Columbina passerina
Key West Quail-Dove – Geotrygon chrysia
White-winged Dove – Zenaida asiatica
Smooth-billed Ani – Crotophaga ani
Great Lizard-Cuckoo – Coccyzus merlini
Antillean Palm-Swift – Tachornis phoenicobia
Cuban Emerald – Chlorostilbon ricordii
Black-necked Stilt – Himantopus mexicanus
Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus
Ruddy Turnstone – Arenaria interpres
Sanderling – Calidris alba
Laughing Gull – Leucophaeus atricilla
Royal Tern – Thalasseus maximus
Magnificent Frigatebird – Fregata magnificens
Double-crested Cormorant – Phalacrocorax auritus
Brown Pelican – Pelecanus occidentalis
Great Egret – Ardea alba
Snowy Egret – Egretta thula
Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron – Butorides virescens
Roseate Spoonbill – Platalea ajaja
Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura
Osprey – Pandion haliaetus
Cuban Black Hawk – Buteogallus gundlachii
Broad-winged Hawk – Buteo platypterus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Sphyrapicus varius
West Indian Woodpecker – Melanerpes superciliaris
American Kestrel – Falco sparverius
Merlin – Falco columbarius
Cuban Pewee – Contopus caribaeus
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Polioptila caerulea
Gray Catbird – Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird – Mimus polyglottos
Cuban Blackbird – Ptiloxena atroviolacea
Greater Antillean Grackle – Quiscalus niger
Ovenbird – Seiurus aurocapilla
Black-and-white Warbler – Mniotilta varia
American Redstart – Setophaga ruticilla
Cape May Warbler – Setophaga tigrina
Northern Parula – Setophaga americana
Blackburnian Warbler – Setophaga fusca
Black-throated Blue Warbler – Setophaga caerulescens
Palm Warbler – Setophaga palmarum
Yellow-throated Warbler – Setophaga dominica
Prairie Warbler – Setophaga discolor
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus

 

Volunteer Trip Report by Glennis Lewis – A Swan Song For October Birding at the Oak Lake/Plum Lakes IBA

On Thursday, October 18, Louanne Reid, Gillian Richards and I (Glennis Lewis) set out from Brandon to look for swans at the Oak Lake/Plum Lakes IBA. After several weeks of nasty weather (and a cancelled IBA blitz), it was a great pleasure to hit the road on a gorgeous calm morning with the anticipation of some excellent birding ahead of us.

We entered the IBA at the town of Oak Lake, and quickly spotted 12 Eastern Bluebirds near the town cemetery. Our next big find was a Great Egret, picture perfect on the water’s edge at the intersection of PR 254 and 50 N. And, while some slush ice lingered along the banks of the lake, there was open water on the lake and marshes with many waterfowl dispersed throughout. We found 910 Tundra Swans and 870 Snow Geese on our route north and east of the resort, and along the road to the dam.

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Is that flecks of snow around this lovely blue morph Snow Goose. Copyright Gillian Richards

 

18 American Avocets in their pale nonbreeding plumage were counted north of the lake. We flushed up 3 Snow Buntings along the dam road while 2 Eared Grebes were spotted just west of the dam.

 

The American Avocets at Oak Lake were still hanging around later in October. Photos all copyright Gillian Richards.

By mid afternoon, the temperature soared to about 22 degrees and the wind picked up, causing fluffy white cattail seeds to explode over the marshes. It is a unique experience being caught in the middle of a cattail blizzard. But, as annoying as it is to have white fluff get in your eyes and up your nose, you have to marvel at the effectiveness of cattail seed production and dispersal.

At the end of the day, we were well content with our bird counts – 46 species, 3,213 individuals (see the list below and on eBird here, here and here). Thanks to Gillian for posting the counts on eBird. Louanne and Gillian also deserve great credit for pulling out branches and weeds that became tangled underneath my car on one of the rougher roads we traveled – an effort much appreciated!

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Dowitchers doing their distinct pumping feeding action. Copyright Gillian Richards

On Sunday, October 21, I returned to Oak Lake with Jen and Anna Wasko to enjoy another lovely day of birding. We traveled around the north and east side of the lake, and down the dam road observing Tundra Swans. We also took a short walk into the Routledge Sandhills. The Sandhills are always worth a visit and, while they are on private land, there are a few points of public access. A right-of-way into the hills just west of the intersection of PR 254 and 50 N can be easily walked to get a view of one of the largest hills (now sadly much diminished by damage from off road vehicles).

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Tundra Swans really do gather here in vast numbers. Photo copyright Gillian Richards

Happily, the Great Egret was still around for viewing, and we counted 6 Snow Buntings along the dam road. Another highlight of the trip was a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets cavorting about in the oak trees along the road to Jiggins Bluff. Thanks to Jen for driving and to Anna who carefully counted all those Tundra Swans (384 in total).

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The lingering Great Egret at Oak Lake. Photo copyright Gillian Richards

Both of these field trips to the Oak Lake /Plum Lakes IBA are fondly remembered now that winter is taking hold. And, come next spring, there will be more birding trips to plan in this exceptional IBA with its many diverse habitats of marshes, wet meadows, dry grasslands, deciduous forests, and sandhills.

Species Name 18-Oct
Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) 870
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 79
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 910
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 91
American Wigeon (Mareca americana) 8
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 159
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 12
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 20
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 100
Redhead (Aythya americana) 70
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 37
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 250
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 8
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 40
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 5
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 70
duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 340
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) 1
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) 18
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus/scolopaceus) 4
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 4
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 4
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) 2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 6
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 30
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) 3
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 12
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

On behalf of the Manitoba IBA Program, thank you Glennis for writing this excellent piece. Thanks also to the rest of the bird group, Louanne, Gillian, Jen and Anna. It is fantastic to have such a great core of birders in Westman!

Volunteer Trip Profile – Katharine Schulz, Oak Lake and Plum Lakes IBA

Volunteer, Katharine Schulz braved the wintery, blustery weather to visit the Oak Lake and Plum Lakes IBA on October 15th. This was a day after our crane and swan blitz in the area, which we were sadly forced to cancel due to the filthy weather forecast for the day. Gladly, Katharine took the trip a day later, and one other person really braved it on the actual intended day of the blitz. We will profile a third group trip next week. Here is Katharine’s impressions, photos, and map.

I am attaching my GPS track from my October 15th foray into the Oak Lake-Plum Lakes IBA.  I was in the IBA from approximately 9:50 to 4:20 i.e. 6.5 hours and spent the entire time north of #2 Hwy.  The majority of time was spent on the west side of Oak Lake and then I covered a few spots along the 254 up the east side on my way out.

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Katharine’s GPS track.

I didn’t manage to take very many good bird photos, but I did have better birding success further south on the west side, and also at a few spots along the 254.  It was a cold, cloudy and windy morning, having been -9C the previous night (in Brandon.)

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The frozen marsh. Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

The first interesting thing I encountered was a number of apparent piles of snow on a frozen marsh – this turned out to be 31 Tundra Swans, most with their necks tucked in and many of which actually appeared almost frozen into the ice!  Two were juveniles.  When I passed by again later that afternoon, on the way out of the IBA, about 24 were still there, but the now had a bit more room to swim as the day had turned sunny and reached a high of +11, according to the vehicle thermometer.

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Early morning swans on the ice. Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

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Same place later in the day, one or two of the swans appear to have turned into Canada Geese! Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

All in all, it was a good day for Tundra Swans.  A total of 652 were counted at 5 locations plus one flyover group.  The highest numbers were found on larger waterbodies along the 254, one on the south side just west of Oak Lake resort and one on the east side just north of the Oak Lake resort.  These locations also contained numerous ducks, with the latter including at least 125 (likely many more) Northern Shovelers.

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Various waterfowl, including more Tundra Swans  near the resort. Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

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Swans flying over. Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

Numerous ducks, mostly unidentified, were encountered throughout the day, in addition to the above.  Many were in flocks in flight.  The highest concentration was found on the west side of Oak Lake upon driving in to the lakeshore along the diversion.  This drive also offered up 2 adult Bald Eagles, a few songbirds and 6 Greater Yellowlegs foraging on a sandbar, along with a few more Tundra Swans on the lake.  A forlorn Yellow-rumped Warbler was also observed attempting to forage on the completely frozen surface of the diversion.

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Forlorn Myrtle Warbler. Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

While at the lakeshore, Sandhill Cranes were finally heard and then seen in huge flocks in the air to the south-southwest.  I estimated approximately 2,250 in the air, possibly more, and hoped that I might find them when I drove back out to the 150W and then further south and east.

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Sandhill Cranes milling around. Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

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More Sandhill Cranes in the same field.Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

Unfortunately, I only encountered a small flock of 12 flying west at the 150W and 44N, and then 34 in a field off the 149W at 43N. Interestingly, this was about a mile north of the spot you had indicated for SACR found last year, so they seem to favour that general area.)  Small flocks kept flying overhead, mostly from east to west-southwest, so I attempted to drive further east on the 43N, hoping to get closer to where the huge flocks had appeared to be flying when viewed earlier from the lakeshore.  Unfortunately, about 350 more were observed in the air further east, but no more were found on the ground and the road became too dicey to go any further about 2.5 miles east from the 149W.  Altogether, I believe I had approximately 2,726 Sandhill Cranes after counting small flocks overhead and estimating the large, more distant flocks in the air, but I expect this is an underestimate.

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Flocks of cranes are commonplace in this area.Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

A decent number of raptors, mostly Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier were encountered throughout the day, but surprisingly few gulls or blackbird flocks.  Oh yes, and I had nice looks at 2 coyotes (and one white cat that I initially mistook for a rabbit – good thing I wasn’t doing a mammal survey!)

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Coyote on the prowl….Photo copyright Katharine Schulz

Thanks Katharine for your excellent report, and great photos. Here is the list submitted by Katharine (which can be viewed on eBird).

Snow Goose 55
Canada Goose 66
Tundra Swan 652
American Wigeon 10
Mallard 157
Northern Shoveler 125
Northern Pintail 3
Canvasback 5
Redhead 2
Scaup sp. 30
Bufflehead 22
Common Goldeneye 15
Duck sp. 4138
Western Grebe 1
Northern Harrier 4
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Sandhill Crane 2726
Killdeer 1
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Ring-billed Gull 6
Rock Pigeon 85
Mourning Dove 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Balck-billed Magpie 10
American Crow 2
Common Raven 11
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Winter Wren 1
American Robin 5
Yelllow-rumped Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 8
Sparrow sp. 3
Western Meadowlark 6
Blackbird sp. 35

The 12th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference

Winnipeg will be hosting the 12th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference on February 19-21, 2019. This is a great opportunity to hear about the diverse conservation initiatives ongoing in the three prairie provinces, meet fellow enthusiasts, and be challenged about the future of the prairies. The theme of ‘Working Landscapes’ is timely, and very much complements the SARPAL projects, of which we are partners.

See http://www.pcesc.ca/ for more info.

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